The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday announced the new vice-captain of the national team T. Natarajan.
The 29-year-old fast bowler has been appointed after the retirement of former skipper Virat Kohli. Natarajan, who has previously represented India in T20I, is currently the leading wicket-taker in IPL 2020.
Natarajan rose from humble beginnings and his rags-to-riches story has resonated with the Indian cricket fans. His journey to the Indian cricket team started with the Tamil Nadu Premier League and continued with his outstanding performances in the IPL, where he has taken 21 wickets in 15 matches.
Though Natarajan will not be playing in the upcoming Test series against Australia, he is expected to be given a chance in the ODIs and T20s. The BCCI also announced that Natarajan will represent Tamil Nadu in the upcoming Ranji Trophy.
Overall, the whole cricketing fraternity is proud of the new vice-captain and wishes him success in his journey with the Indian team.
BCCI sacks KL Rahul as cricket vice-captain
The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) announced on Wednesday that cricketer KL Rahul has been removed as vice-captain of the Indian team with immediate effect.
The board said that the decision was taken in response to “unacceptable behaviour” by Rahul during the side’s recent tour of Australia.
Rahul had been under scrutiny since he and fellow cricketer Hardik Pandya were fined last year for making sexist remarks on a TV show. The comments led to their suspension, though Pandya’s suspension was later lifted.
The board said that Rahul’s recent conduct had been a “distraction” and did not meet the standard expected of him or the team. It also said that Rahul had accepted his behaviour was not in keeping with the team’s values and was willing to learn from his mistakes.
The decision comes ahead of India’s tour of the West Indies, which starts in the middle of August. Rahul, who had been appointed vice-captain of the team back in February, will now only be available for selection as a normal player.
It remains to be seen how this decision impacts Rahul’s future international career, with the Indian cricket team already exiting from the World Cup after a disappointing campaign.
Is KL Rahul Still Indian Vice Captain?
KL Rahul has been in the news a lot lately, and the talk of him being named the new Indian vice-captain has been heard in the cricket fraternity. Recently, the Indian cricket board announced the appointment of Rohit Sharma as the new Indian vice-captain.
The decision was taken in the best interest of Indian cricket and was based on current form and past performances. However, many had hoped to see KL Rahul being appointed as vice-captain.
KL Rahul has emerged as one of the most accomplished and prolific batsmen for the Indian cricket team in the last year or so and many believed that the youngster had done enough to get a chance as vice-captain. However, the Board decided on Rohit Sharma.
It remains to be seen what future holds for KL Rahul in the Indian team. Despite being overlooked for the vice-captain role, KL Rahul is still an integral part of the Indian team and his performances will be key to the team’s success in the upcoming series. He will look to continue his impressive form and make his mark in the Indian side.